The Bremerhaven Zoo (officially Zoo am Meer, which is German for Zoo next to the Sea) is located next to the river Weser and exhibits mainly species which live in the water or in northern environments; exceptions are, for instance, chimpanzees and White-headed marmosets.

Bremerhaven Zoo
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Bird's eye view of the Zoo (2009)
LocationBremerhaven, Germany
Coordinates53°32′41″N 8°34′13″E / 53.54472°N 8.57028°E / 53.54472; 8.57028Coordinates: 53°32′41″N 8°34′13″E / 53.54472°N 8.57028°E / 53.54472; 8.57028
Land area1.2 ha[1]
No. of animals292[1]
No. of species56[1]
Annual visitors100000[2]
MembershipsWAZA, EAZA, VDZ,, Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), International Species Information System (ISIS)



One of Bremerhaven's polar bears swimming.


The main attraction are the polar bears, the South American sea-lions, the harbour seals and the South African fur seals.


The northern gannet is naturally abundant in Germany only since 1991 on the high-sea island Heligoland. These birds share their area with cormorants and different ducks.

The Humboldt penguins of the zoo became famous because there was a homosexual penguin couple among them.

Other animalsEdit

The Fischer’s chameleon was found in the woods near Bremerhaven, it is suspected that it was kept illegally by somebody and had been set free when it became too big.


In 1912, the North Sea Aquarium started in the cellar so-called Strandhalle. On June 24, 1928 the Tiergrotten (literally Animal Grotto) was opened outside the Weser embankment.

The North Sea flood of 1962 killed a lot of animals in the zoo.

Major renovations took place in 1976 and from 2000 to 2004. The Zoo am Meer was opened on March 27, 2004.

Polar bearsEdit

The polar bear Victoria was transported from Tierpark Hagenbeck on January 10, 2008: (video) to Zoo am Meer with the hope that she and Lloyd might breed. She stayed in Bremerhaven until October 24, 2011.[3]

The polar bear Irka came from Canada to Bremerhaven in 1979 when she was probably a year old and she spent her whole life in the zoo. She was suffering from arthritis when she got old, but she was otherwise fit for a long time. She was euthanized on June 4, 2012 after she became disoriented, lost coordination and a blood test suggested changes in her liver. After her death a tumor was found in her liver.[4]

The eight-year-old polar bear Valeska came to Bremerhaven in September 2012 from the Ranua Wildlife Park in Finland as new partner for Llyod who has been in Bremerhaven since 2002.[5]

Other animalsEdit

The two baby seals called Luna and Paula were born on 21 and 22 July 2012 by different mothers.[6]

Future plansEdit

The Zoo am Meer will build a new aquarium in the cellar rooms underneath the compound of the polar bears. The exhibit will have an area of 325 m2 and will cost around 1.5 million euro which will be paid by the European Regional Development Fund. The operational costs is estimated to be around 70 thousand Euro per year.[7]


Valuable information was also taken from the charts in the zoo, see Official English Website Zoo am Meer

  1. ^ a b c "Bremerhaven's zoo". German Zoo Data Base. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  2. ^ Gehrke, Jens (5 September 2012). "Eisbär Lloyd lockt die Urlauber". Nordsee Zeitung Bremerhaven. Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  3. ^ Maffiotte, Lili (25 October 2011). "Der Liebesurlaub ist vorbei". Nordsee Zeitung Bremerhaven. Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  4. ^ Joerres, Ulrike und Gerhard. "Eisbären im Zoo – Polar Bears in Zoos". Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  5. ^ "Eine Eisbärin für den Zoo am Meer". Nordsee Zeitung Bremerhaven. Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Seelöwenbabys trauen sich ins Wasser". Nordsee Zeitung Bremerhaven. Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  7. ^ Donsbach, Rainer (27 September 2012). "Zoo bekommt ein Aquarium". Nordsee Zeitung. Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 27 September 2012.